Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz attends the closing session of the 25th Arab League summit at the Bayan Palace in Kuwait City on March 26, 2014. AFP PHOTO/YASSER AL-ZAYYAT
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Arab leaders called Wednesday for a political solution to the conflict in Syria, overlooking Saudi-backed demands for greater military support for rebel forces to tip the balance in the war.They were united, however, after a two-day summit in Kuwait in siding with the Palestinians in refusing to recognise Israel as a Jewish state, a flashpoint issue threatening to derail US-brokered peace talks.The final declaration read out at the end of the summit called instead for a political solution to the three-year conflict which has cost over 146,000 lives.Although last year's annual Arab summit, held in Doha, allocated Syria's seat to the National Coalition, it remained vacant at Kuwait's meeting.The opposition has yet to meet the legal requirements, according to Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi, whose organisation is divided over the conflict in Syria.
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